Yes, that’s right, I am onto my second (and last) Christmas fair of the season! This Saturday 7th December, I will be at my regular Muswell Hill haunt, Fringe108, for their shindig. I’ll be demonstrating knitting and crochet techniques, people can stop by for drop-in sessions or advice, and I’ll also have some of my Frosted Flowers patterns for sale and the sample pieces available for people to see. Those who’ve had a go at crochet and know the basic stitches can have a go at making this cute snowflake:
I’m particularly excited about being at Fringe this Saturday because it is more than just a knitting shop – it is a beautiful boutique filled with inspiring examples of artisans’ work. Not only can you buy quality wool – you can also buy amazing crocheted wire jewellery, gorgeous hand-printed scarves and other textile or clothing items lovingly created by local designer-makers.
When I first visited Fringe, back in the summer, I had a great time poring over the displays and marvelling at the talents of other people; this weekend, these ‘other people’ will become names and faces as I finally get to meet them! It’s a lonely life being a sole trader or designer/maker, and in between making crocheted snowflakes I’ll be doing my best to make sure I meet everyone responsible for making Fringe’s colourful, enticing shelves…well, colourful and enticing! The shop is going to be decked out in all sorts of lovely decorations and I will do my best to capture some photos to share the Christmas spirit of the day.
As Advent has begun, I am now prepared to entertain the notion that Christmas isn’t far away; therefore carols and hymns and other festive things can take centre stage. This also includes knitting Christmas presents. I have drastically cut down on the amount of things I make for people at this time of year, and this year I was particularly grateful to have done so given that it has been an extremely busy six months! Luckily I am blessed with patient friends and relatives, including the dear friend who’ll be the recipient of this cheerful yellow coat:
The design you see is from Kim Hargreaves’ Smoulder and is called Holt. There is no way that it’ll be done by Christmas – I told you my nearest and dearest were VERY understanding! – but it will be done before spring arrives; of that I can be sure. The yellow colour is gorgeous and I can’t wait to start knitting with the yarn, it has been a while since I made anything out of Big Wool and the near-instant gratification offered by super chunky yarn is always a winner. My friend is super-excited about her almost-Christmas coat, and I can’t wait to cast on! ‘Tis the season to be cosy, cheerful and making something either snuggly or delicious…I’ve been told to look forward to the mince pies on Saturday 🙂 If you’re in the neighbourhood, do stop by Fringe. It’s going to be a wonderful day!